The Retirement Income Paradox

In a survey of advisors on the topic of retirement income, GDC Research and Practical Perspectives found the firm that certain "contradictions" are making it hard for firms to take advantage of the seemingly vast Boomer retirement opportunity.

Beware the ‘Specialized’ ETFs

In this month's Research Roundup, RIJ shares four recent academic papers on the proliferation of ETFs, the danger (or not) of national debt, rational inflation expectations, and the impact of recent changes in RMD rules.

Jackson National Puts Its Future in Veteran Hands

Laura Prieskorn (left) and Marcia Wadsten are the new CEO and CFO of Jackson National Life. The leading seller of variable annuities in the US is in the process of demerging from its long-time British owner, Prudential plc.

Which ‘Dependency Ratio’ Should We Use?

Economists typically use the 'aged dependency ratio' to show the burden of the Social Security program on workers. But the 'total dependency ratio' might be more informative. (Photo by Johann Walter Bantz.)
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Poor Standards at S&P, U.S. Alleges

The ratings agency that downgraded the federal government's debt in 2011 now finds itself accused of fraud by that same government's attorney general. The credibility of life insurer strength ratings is just one of the issues at stake.
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Well-known CFP bases new venture on mining old VAs

New Jersey advisor Mark Cortazzo has started a new service, Annuity Review, to make sure individuals and their advisors understand the value hidden in the variable annuities they already own.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Putnam Investments, Pershing LLC, DST Systems, Inc., Vanguard, Groom Law Group and LIMRA.

The Missing Document

As he got older, my father never wanted to share his financial secrets with me, my brother or my sister. When he died a few weeks ago, we got our first peek into the filing cabinet that contained his will and other paperwork.